Crappie Fishing: Tips, Gear and Where To Go

Crappie fishing is enjoyed by millions of people. We’ve got expert advice on where to find crappie, how to catch them and what gear you need

Crappie are found in most states of the US in good numbers. They are fun to catch and great to eat, so it is no surprise they are one of the most popular freshwater fish for anglers to chase.

Crappie can be caught with a range of lures and baits including jigs, soft baits, smallcrank baits and spoons and spinners.

Most of our writing team at Tackle Village love to fish for crappie in their home states and when they travel.

On this page we’ve put together a range of their best content on fishing for this respected game fish.

All About Crappie

Crappie habits, feeding periods and spawning seasons – we’ve covered all this and more in the articles below.

For those wanting a deep dive into what make crappie tick, please read on.

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Crappie: All About America’s Favourite Panfish

Rick Wallace
We love crappie fishing at Tackle Village – several members of the team are really keen crappie fishers. Crappie fishing is a great way to get kids into fishing, get …

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When Do Crappie Spawn and How to Catch Them

Many crappie fishing anglers love spending their weekend out on the water catching crappie. These fish are very easy to catch during the spawning season due to their habit of …

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Black Vs White Crappie: Key Differences Explained

A crappie is a crappie, right? Well, yes and no. While all crappie belong to the sunfish family Centrarchidae and the genus Pomoxis, there are actually seven different species of …

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Current World Record Crappie: 5lb+ Fish the Biggest Ever Caught

The IGFA world record for crappie has stood since 2018 and is held by a Tennessee angler who caught the 5lb 5oz black crappie on a jig

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Crappie vs Bluegill: What Is the Difference Between Them?

Bluegill and Crappie are two of the most highly desired freshwater fish. If you ever went on a fishing trip as a kid, you probably caught one of these small …

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Crappie Fishing Tips

On balance, crappie might be one of the easiest fish to catch. But that doesn’t mean you can’t boost your catch rate with the right expert advice. In this section we’ve grouped together our writers’ advice on catching crappie, including lure fishing and fly fishing tips, suggestions on when are the best times and seasons to target crappie and how barometric pressure and weather can affect crappie behaviour and fishing quality.

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Crappie Fishing at Night: Expert Tips for Success

Crappie fishing is a popular activity among North American anglers, and fishing for crappie at night can be even more rewarding even if you don’t have very much experience. Night …

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How to Catch Crappie: Essential Tips for Slab Success

Learn three AWESOME ways to catch huge crappie with ease in this detailed how-to guide to slab fishing success written by a veteran crappie angler

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Fly Fishing For Crappie: Tips for Success With the Long Wand

Fly fishing for crappies will teach you all about the habits of fish. Crappie are a panfish located in most freshwater rivers, lakes, and ponds. Some anglers will target these …

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Best Time Of Day To Fish For Crappie

Crappie are creatures of habit. They search for food in the same places at the same time each day, more of less. This article will help you understand when you …

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The Umbrella Rig For Crappie: How To Fish Multiple Jigs

One of the most unusual fishing setups being used for crappie fishing today is the umbrella rig. As anglers search for the best way to present multiple baits to fish, …

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What Hook Size For Crappie? Basic Guide To All Types

Ask ten anglers what size and type of hook they prefer for crappie fishing and you will get 6-8 different answers. Many prefer the long shank brass hooks and others …

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How to Attract Crappie to Your Dock

How To Attract Crappie to Your Dock Year Round: 5 Proven Tips

Unlock the secrets of how to attract crappie to your dock! From bait choices to strategic setups, master the art of reeling in these prized fish

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Barometric Pressure and Crappie Fishing: Top Times to Fish

If you have been fishing for any length of time, you have heard the old adage about how the weather affects fishing conditions. Best to fish the day after a …

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Crappie Fishing Gear

Crappie is one fish where gear isn’t critical, but for what it is worth, our team has put a lot of thought into which rod and reel combos work best for crappie (basically an light or ultralight rod and reel will get the job done) and which rigs and techniques work to attract crappie.

We’ve also publishing articles on hook sizes for crappie and other panfish and which lures work best in the winter months when northern anglers are fishing for crappie under the ice.

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Panfish Hook Size (& Type): Crappie, Bluegill & More

Panfish are a popular target for many anglers due to their large population numbers around the country, their delicious flavor and flaky meat, and their willingness to take lures and …

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Crappie Fishing Gear List: Key Items for Slab Success

Here is our list of essential items for a SUCCESSFUL day of crappie fishing. Rod, reel and essential lures – it’s all in this crappie fishing gear list

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Best Crappie Rod and Reel Combo: Our Top 8 Picks in 2024

Heading out onto the water to target some nice crappie can be a great way to spend a day or a weekend. Whether you are out there on the water …

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What Hook Size For Crappie? Basic Guide To All Types

Ask ten anglers what size and type of hook they prefer for crappie fishing and you will get 6-8 different answers. Many prefer the long shank brass hooks and others …

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Best Ice Fishing Lures for Crappie: 10 Top Baits (2024)

Ice fishing for crappie through the ice is an absolute blast, and it is also a prime target for many hardcore ice anglers. They can be found in a wide …

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Best Crappie Lures of 2024: 16 Top Jigs, Spinners & Cranks

Catch more crappie with our guide to the best spinnerbaits, jigs, soft plastics, crankbaits and inline spinners for successful crappie fishing

More about crappie: Locations

We are determined to bring anglers info on the best spots in all states to fish for crappie. That’s a work in progress with Florida the only state covered so far. But watch this space – we’ll add future articles on where to go to catch crappie in your state over time as our expert writing team gets on to them.

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The 14 Best Crappie Fishing Lakes in Florida: Top Speck Spots

Florida is known as one of the top destinations in the world for fishing and its lakes are often full of crappie. With so much natural food sources in and …

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.
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